Arsene Wenger was quizzed about transfers, as you’d expect, in the wake of the 2-0 defeat to West Ham today.
While saying that he was still open to doing something ‘exceptional’, the manager was keen to make the point that the team he put out today should have been capable of taking the three points.
When pressed about any further moves in the market, he said, “I would like to think that we are responsible to buy the players and the coaches, not the media,” he said.
“When you’re a professional footballer, you have to face your responsibilities and not always look at something else.
“Today we have to look at ourselves and think we were not good enough and not to think that these kinds of things are solutions for us. We were not good enough, we were not convincing. And that’s basically it.
“Again, I can only repeat what I already said. If an exceptional solution turns up, we’ll do it, but after a defeat like that, it’s important not always to think we take a solution from outside.”
Of course a result like today only increases the clamour for new signings, but the reason we lost today wasn’t really anything to do with lack of transfer activity – especially when our only signing was culpable.